By Larry J. Reynolds
Nathaniel Hawthorne continues to be the most broadly learn and taught of yank authors. This historic advisor collects a couple of unique essays by way of Hawthorne students that position the writer in historic context. Like different volumes within the sequence, A historic consultant to Nathaniel Hawthorne contains an creation, a short biography, a bibliographical essay, and an illustrated chronology of the author's existence and occasions. Combining cultural feedback with historic scholarship, this quantity addresses quite a lot of issues suitable to Hawthorne's paintings, together with his courting to slavery, little ones, mesmerism, and the visible arts.
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Senate on a Free Soil, antislavery platform. Even Hawthorne momentarily stirred, acting against his own class-based political instincts, which were definitely not abolitionist. Or, as he explained to a friend in 1851: I have not, as you suggest, the slightest sympathy for the slaves; or, at least, not half so much as for the laboring whites, who, I believe, as a general thing, are ten times worse off than the Southern negros. Still, whenever I am absolutely cornered, I shall go for New England rather than the South;—and this Fugitive Law cornered me.
331. 55. 1Sept. 1863, Houghton. 56. Annie Adams Fields, Diary, 26 July 1863, Massachusetts Historical Society. 57. Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, Memories of Hawthorne, p. 478. 58. The Blithedale Romance, p. 667. This page intentionally left blank HAWTHORNE IN HIS TIME This page intentionally left blank Mysteries of Mesmerism Hawthorne's Haunted House Samuel Chase Coale N athaniel Hawthorne despised and feared mesmerism, the process in which a practitioner hypnotized his subject and put her into a trance.
38. Centenary 22:163. 39. Nathaniel Hawthorne to Elizabeth Peabody, 25 May 1851, Centenary 16:441. 40. Sophia Hawthorne to Louisa Hawthorne, 1 Dec. 1851, Berg. 41. Nathaniel Hawthorne to Zachariah Burchmore, 15 July 1851, Centenary 16:456. 42. Nathaniel Hawthorne to William D. Ticknor, 19 Jan. 1855, Centenary 17:304; Nathaniel Hawthorne to James T. Fields, 11 Dec. 1852, Centenary 16:624. 43. Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, Memories of Hawthorne (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1897), p. 422. 44. Centenary 23:416-17.